Google announced that it will not be treating the
rel="nofollow" attribute as a signal any more, but as a hint. The background is that so many CMS’es are designating every link as nofollow.
They’re introducing two new hints:
ugc for user generated content and
sponsored for paid links.
For the UGC, they’re explicitly mentioning forums.
My opinion is that this is a big step forward, since the vast use of nofollow was killing the idea behind PageRank.
Full announcement here: Official Google Webmaster Central Blog: Evolving “nofollow” – new ways to identify the nature of links
Changing the code to use “nofollow ugc” seems like a fairly straightforward and safe thing for Discourse to do.
The above is my personal opinion and not necessarily that of Google, LLC
It it valid to use both? Should it just be “ugc” now? I am unclear.
What “services” support nofollow other than Google?
Baidu, Yandex supports nofollow
Bing, as a hint
Can you assign this @eviltrout? I assume it is a very very simple change, almost a copyedit?
Hey @Roman_Rizzi this is probably an easy one, please take a look!
We’re now using
Latest Onebox version is using it too:
On 2.6.0.beta2 I’m getting
rel="nofollow noopener" with no ugc attribute for external links. Anyone else?
Edit: Looked for a recent link posted on meta. Seems that it’s also the case here: What is this line for in a Discourse forum's RSS feed?
Not seeing the
ugc attribute either, will take a look.
Links will correctly use
nofollow ugc now.